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Apply for a Dare to Devise Bursary

25 May 2017

Nearly There Yet and Proteus are excited to announce a new development scheme aimed at mid-career artists to encourage the devising of new cross-artform, circus-inspired work. The scheme includes free studio space, mentoring, and access to Nearly There Yet’s devising process as well as a cash bursary. It is supported by Arts Council England, The Albany, and ARC Stockton.

What we are looking for:

  • An artist who has been working professionally for at least 7 years who is either:
  • from a circus background and is looking to expand their work to include other art forms, or  
  • from another artistic background and wants to explore circus disciplines within their work.
  • A clear artistic idea you’d like to explore. The idea should be one that has existed – if only in your head – for a while. We want to help develop projects that, for whatever reason, artists have not had the means or circumstance to create yet. You may have just missed out on funding opportunities or perhaps you just haven’t had the confidence or support to explore your idea.
  • Artists with a genuine interest in the use of circus as an art form
  • Applications are particularly welcomed from those of Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds.

What you get:

  • A £4,000 development bursary. This could be used to:
  • seed fund a research and development period,
  • buy in mentorship or dramaturgy,
  • any combination of the above, or
  • any other reasonable plan to develop your practice and explore your artistic idea.
  • 2 weeks of devising / rehearsal at Proteus Creation Space, and the opportunity to share your work with a live audience.
  • Mentoring from Kaveh Rahnama, artistic director of Nearly There Yet. Mentoring includes three 2-hour face-to-face sessions and e-mail/ telephone support as agreed between Kaveh and the successful candidate.
  • Support from Proteus’s Creative Producer Fergus Evans to prepare a Grants for the arts application to help realise your artistic idea.
  • Finally, each participant will be invited to be present throughout the devising process for Nearly There Yet’s 2017/18 newest show for families, Pinocchio.

How to apply:

Please include:

  • a brief description (750 words or less) of your project, including any partners – confirmed or otherwise – and what you wish to explore in your work.
  • a brief biography (250 words or less) of any work to date that you feel is relevant to this proposal. This can either be work that you have made yourself or other companies’ work you have been involved in. Include names of any venues or artists that you feel help give more of a flavour of where it is you are coming from.
  • your name, e-mail address, telephone number, and where you are based in your proposal.
  • two professional referees and links to any supporting material such as websites, video links etc.
  • a budget which outlines how you would plan to spend your development bursary

Send all material to NEARLY THERE YET no later than 31st May 2017

What happens next…

We will shortlist 9 successful candidates by June 15th. All 9 will be invited to interview, in person where possible. The final 3 candidates will be chosen by July 31st 2017. The scheme will take place between September 2017- December 2018 after discussion with individual artists.